Working under the name Lucytakesphotos (which she uses on Instagram and Facebook), Lucy was inspired by other photographers to keep her creativity flowing and her camera snapping.
After ending her 9-5 job in February, Lucy was only just beginning to go out on her own when the coronavirus pandemic shut everything down. To keep herself working, she decided to start offering those who lived in her neighbourhood a doorstep portrait – a doortrait – “to give people a lovely experience and a memento of this weird time in history we are living through”.
Usually Lucy signs up for all kinds of photography jobs and cites boudoir shoots, product photography and family shoots as her favourites, all for very different reasons. Ultimately, “the details and making an image look good” is the goal, but making her subjects feel confident, relaxed and natural makes her happiest.
On her favourite part of the doortrait shoots, Lucy said: “The main thing for me is how lovely everyone has been, I didn’t know any of my neighbours until I started this but now I can walk down to the shop and bump into someone and have a chat. They’ve all been really welcoming and interested in the shoots. I’ve shot a few birthdays, one family twice! I’ve met new babies and fur babies, chatted about the lockdown, photographed a neighbour’s charity bake-sale and the sense of community spirit has really helped me feel less isolated.”
Another client, Fiona B, said: “We were keen to get a ‘doortrait’ because it would be a reminder of this very strange time when our world became a smaller place and with that, one where we were grateful for increased time together and the unexpected joys of having lunch together, going for daily walks and for our neighbours and community.”
Lucy charges a minimum of £10 per family for the shoot, with half of all donations going to the Peterborough branch of Women’s Aid. Speaking about her choice of charity, she said: “I wanted to find somewhere local and my business is all about giving confidence and supporting women, so it made sense that I would raise funds for an amazing charity that help women during tough times.”